Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Wanted: Positive Financial Stories

Most people love a good story, especially a positive one. A story of overcoming, of living for something bigger than ourselves, of making a difference. Over the years, I’ve heard many people’s remarkable financial stories, which has been one of my favorite parts of writing about biblical money management for a living. Among my favorites… […]

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Profitable Ideas: Picturing Our Fascination With Wealth, Better Ways to Measure Your Life, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Getting to the bottom of Americans’ fascination with wealth (The Atlantic). Twenty-five years’ worth of photos tell quite a story. Science says this one thing in your LinkedIn profile will make or break your chances of getting hired […]

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Learning How to Take Time Off

With Memorial Day coming up, I hope you — and I — will dedicate some time over the weekend to reflect on and give thanks for those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. And if your employer gives you a day off, I hope you take it. We Americans are good at […]

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Profitable Ideas: Happy Spending, Mending is Better Than Ending, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. The ultimate alternative investment: happiness (A Teachable Moment). Some uses of money pay much bigger happiness dividends than others. Your superpower – not sucking at money (White Coat Investor). While I’m not crazy about the language used in […]

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How to Fight Fair About Money

Every healthy relationship involves conflict. In fact, psychologist John Gottman, who has spent more than 20 years studying what makes marriages last, believes that “fighting . . . can be one of the healthiest things a couple can do for their relationship.” In his book, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, which I highly recommend, Gottman […]

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Profitable Ideas: Online Shopping Costs More Than You Think, Looking for Travel Bargains in All the Wrong Places, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How online shopping makes suckers of us all (The Atlantic). Online retailing is driven by very sophisticated science, and you are at the center of constant experiments. Cash is king no more (NY Times). Philosophical musings on our […]

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Automating Financial Wisdom

I almost titled this post, “You Can’t Automate Financial Wisdom.” But then I realized, you can. A little background I have a love/hate relationship with financial automation. On the one hand, automation can be a wonderful help. In our household, we have some of our bills set up as auto-pay — those that cost the […]

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Profitable Ideas: Simplifying For Your Kids’ Sake, Why Pinterest Isn’t In Your Best Interests, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Why simplifying may protect our children’s mental health (No Sidebar). Less clutter equals less stress. Is Pinterest the enemy of your finances? (The Simple Dollar). One more example of how social media can be hazardous to your financial […]

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